Most often the road to achieving one’s dream is littered with speed bumps, turnabouts and dead ends. Fortunately for Franklin County High School graduate Logan Woodside, recent lessons learned on and off the football field have led to a well-earned second chance.
The seventh round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former FCHS quarterback’s professional career got off to a rocky start last June when he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence and speeding. After the Bengals cut him shortly before the start of the regular season, the Tennessee Titans picked him up for three weeks before releasing him.
Woodside, fresh off a stellar collegiate career as quarterback at the University of Toledo — where he holds the record for all-time leading passing yards (10,514 yards) — was down but certainly not one to be counted out. Sure, he could have easily hung up his cleats, but that would have meant letting go of his dream to play professional football — one he has harbored since the moment he first suited up as a 6-year-old.
Rather than give up, he used his time out of the league wisely — leading the offense of the San Antonio Commanders in the short-lived Alliance of American Football. Woodside threw for 1,385 yards and seven touchdowns in an eight-game season before the league folded in March.
Now with an extra year of experience and maturity under his belt — in addition to a baby on the way — he’s got his groove back and is ready to contend for a quarterback spot with the Titans, who re-signed him in April. Not only did Woodside find his confidence, but he also fell in love with the game all over again.
That’s the thing about adversity: Depending how you approach it, it can either polish you up or wear you down. Woodside has chosen to use his adversity as a stepping stone to pursue his dream, and we will be cheering him on as he does.
As Walt Disney, one of the greatest dreamers of all time, said: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”